Leeds manager Jesse Marsch has told Friday’s press conference – as per the club’s YouTube – that Willy Gnonto is a “lot of fun to work with” and takes on information in training really well, after Gnonto scored his first goal for Leeds.
Gnonto, 19, only made his seventh appearance for Leeds on Wednesday night – starting on the left flank. He opened his account, a lovely bit of interchange outside the West Ham box, before a gorgeous finish past Lukasz Fabianski.
The eight-time Italy international has had to bide his time since joining the club from FC Zurich. It is well-known that Leeds were not initially planning on signing Gnonto in the summer, and were perhaps waiting until this month.
However, Leeds got a deal over the line for Gnonto and it has proven to be a masterstroke. With Luis Sinisterra injured and Jack Harrison’s form up and down – teenage talent Gnonto has caught the eye. Marsch commented.
“What you see is a combination of quality, and belief. He has been a lot of fun to work with, he takes on information really well. He had certain movements he did really well, certain moments where he is still growing,” Marsch said.
Marsch: Gnonto a lot of fun to work with after Leeds goal vs West Ham
Gnonto has been a revelation. While Marsch was somewhat criticised for holding the summer signing back to begin with, perhaps the American boss deserves credit for biding his time with Gnonto. He has come in, and been superb.
He might be given a rest against Cardiff on Sunday with Leeds big favourites to beat the struggling Championship side. Jack Harrison is likely to come in having impressed only as a sub against West Ham. But Gnonto is flying.